Seismic Interpretation Laboratory

Heads of the Lab: Dr. Uri Schattner

The Seismic Interpretation Laboratory (SeisLab) was officially established in 2012. The lab has a suite of 12 high-specification double-screen workstations configured for 2D and 3D seismic interpretation. Our vast seismic and well database serves projects dealing with seafloor stability, multi-scale gas and fluid related structures, seismic stratigraphy and neo-tectonics. SeisLab is supported by industrial sponsors and collaborates with a wide scope of academic institutes worldwide. 

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SeisLab vision is to:

  • Provide research students with the necessary skills to succeed in both the academic and private sectors.
  • Develop novel techniques for understanding geological basins using 2D and 3D subsurface reflection datasets.
  • Present novel insights into deformational and depositional processes occurring in sedimentary basins.
  • Expand knowledge of the potential of seismic interpretation and visualization for both research and education.
  • Lead regional and global academic research in seismic interpretation, visualization and modeling.

Lab Leader: Dr. Uri Schattner

Now recruiting MSc Students

Dr. Uri Schattner Head of the Lab  Tectonics, seismic interpretation, Earth systems, marine geology and geophysics, structural geology, sea floor morphology
Liran Ben-Moshe PhD student 3D Seismic geomorphology of drainage systems
Thomai Anagnostoudi PhD student Salt tectonics
Guy Lang PhD student Seismic stratigraphy of the northeastern Atlantic continental margin, offshore USA
Michal Koren MSc student 3D Seismic geomorphology of drift-related paleo seafloor
Tomer Hadary MSc student 3D interpretation of submarine slides
Dana Harari MSc Buried channels under northern Israel’s continental shelf
Orna Buch-Liviatan MSc Neo-tectonics offshore northern Israel
Naor Naaman MSc Dynamic development of the coastal profile
Asaf Giladi MSc High-resolution seismic hazard assessment across northern Israel continental margin – an integrated marine-land study
Guy Lang MSc 3D Seismic stratigraphy of the Levant continental margin
Markos Gurevitz MSc Contourites across a continental shelf
Reli Wald PhD Tectonic and geodynamic framework of the Lower Galilee, between the Dead Sea fault and the eastern Mediterranean continental margin

Selected SeisLab publications


Schattner, U., Lang, G., Lazar, M., 2017 (in press). Pliocene or Pleistocene, that is the question - new constraints from the eastern Mediterranean, in: Enzel, Y., Bar-Yosef, O. (Eds.), Quaternary Environments, Climate Change, and Humans in the Levant. Cambridge University Press.


Wald, R., 2016. Tectonic development of the lower Galilee from the Oligocene truncation to Miocene-Pliocene deformationthrough subsurface geological and geophysical data. Research Thesis, University of Haifa, University of Haifa, 207 pp.

Lazar, M., Lang, G., Schattner, U., 2016. Coincidence or not? Interconnected gas/fluid migration and ocean–atmosphere oscillations in the Levant Basin. Geo-Marine Letters: 1-14.

Schattner, U., Lazar, M., 2016. Hierarchy of source-to-sink systems - example from the Nile distribution across the eastern Mediterranean. Sedimentary Geology, In press.


Buch-Leviatan, O., 2015. Neo-tectonics offshore northern Israel imaged by high-resolution seismic   reflection data. Research Thesis, University of Haifa, University of Haifa, 83 pp.

Giladi, A., 2015. High-Resolution Seismic Stratigraphy Across the Carmel Continental Margin, Northern Israel: Neotectonic Activity Assessment, University of Haifa Haifa, 99 pp.

Schattner, U., Gurevich, M., Kanari, M., Lazar, M., 2015. Levant jet system—effect of post LGM seafloor currents on Nile sediment transport in the eastern Mediterranean. Sedimentary Geology 329, 28-39.


Schattner, U. and Lazar, M. , 2014. Flip convergence across the Phoenician basin through nucleation of subduction. Gondwana Research 25, 729-735.


Lazar, M., Schattner, U. and Reshef, M., 2012. The great escape: An intra-Messinian gas system in the eastern Mediterranean. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L20309.

Ben-Avraham Z., Lazar M., Reshef M., Garfunkel G., Ginzburg Y., Rotstein Y., Frieslander U., Bartov Y. and Shulman H., 2012. Structural styles along the Dead Sea fault. In: Roberts, D.G., Balley, A.W. (Eds.) Phanerozoic Regional Geology of the World, v. 2.

Kerem, D., Hadar, N., Goffman, O., Scheinin, A., Kent, R., Boisseau, O.C and Schattner U., 2012. Update on the Cetacean Fauna of the Mediterranean Levantine Basin, The Open Marine Biology Journal, 2012, 6, 6-27.


Schattner, U., Lazar, M. , Harari, D., Waldmann, N., 2011. Active gas venting system offshore northern Israel. Continental Shelf Research, 48, 167-172.

Lyakhovsky V., Segev A., Weinberger R.C. and Schattner U., 2011. Deformation and seismicity associated with continental rift zones propagating toward continental margins. , Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 13, Q01012.

Rybakov M., Goldshmidt V., Hall J.K., Ben-Avraham Z. and Lazar M., 2011. New insights into the sources of Magnetic Anomalies in the Levant. Russian Geology and Geophysics, 52, 377-396.

Segev A., Schattner U. and Lyakhovsky V., 2011. Middle-Late Eocene structure of the southern Levant continental margin - tectonic motion versus global sea-level change. Tectonophysics, 499,165-177.


Harari, D., 2010. Development of the Pliocene-Pleistocene drainage system across the continental margin of northern Israel, University of Haifa, Haifa, 107 pp.

Lazar M. and Schattner U., 2010. Landscape evolution and hominin dispersal. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 1495-1500.

Lazar M., Ben-Avraham Z., Garfunkel Z., Porat N. and Marco S., 2010, Is the Jericho Escarpment a tectonic or a geomorphological feature? Active faulting and paleoseismic trenching. The Journal of Geology, 118, 261-276.

Sivan D., Schattner U., Morhange C., Purcell T. and Boaretto E., 2010. What can a sessile mollusk tell about neotectonics? Earth and Planetary Science Letter, 296, 451-458.

Schattner U., 2010. What triggered the early-to-mid Pleistocene tectonic transition across the entire eastern Mediterranean? Earth and Planetary Science Letter, 289, 539-548.

Schattner U., Lazar M., Tibor G., Ben-Avraham Z. and Makovsky Y., 2010. Filling up the shelf - a sedimentary response to the last interglacial sea riseMarine Geology, 278, 165-176.

Weinberger R., Schattner U., Medvedev B., Frieslander U., Sneh A., Harlavan Y. and Gros M. 2010. A spatial and temporal transition from pure to convergent strike-slip faulting imaged by high-resolution seismic reflection data across the Dead Sea Fault. Israel Journal of Earth Science, 58.


Rybakov M., Voznesensky V., Ben-Avraham Z. and Lazar M., 2009. The Niklas anomaly southwest of Cyprus: New insights from combined gravity and magnetic data. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences, 57, 125-138.

Schattner U. and Lazar M., 2009. Subduction, collision and initiation of hominin dispersal. Quaternary Science Review, 28, 1820-1824.


Ben-Avraham Z., Garfunkel Z. and Lazar M., 2008. Geology and Evolution of the Southern Dead Sea Fault with Emphasis on Subsurface Structure: Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. (Authors appear in alphabetical order).

Ben-Avraham Z., Lazar M., Ballard R.D. and Por F.D., 2008. Microtopography of a continental rift zone: the Gulf of Elat (Aqaba). Indications of hydrothermal-connected biological activity. In: F.D. Por (Ed) Aqaba-Eilat, the Improbable Gulf: Environment, Biodiversity and Preservation. Magnes Press.

Schattner U. and Weinberger R., 2008. A mid-Pleistocene deformation transition in the Hula basin, northern Israel: Implications for the tectonic evolution of the Dead Sea Fault. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 9, Q07009.


Schattner U. and Ben-Avraham Z., 2007. Transform margin of the northern Levant, eastern Mediterranean – from formation to reactivation. Tectonics, 26, TC5020.


Ben-Avraham Z. and Lazar M., 2006. The structure and development of the Dead Sea basin: recent studies. In: Enzel, Y., Agnon, A., Stein, M. (Eds.), New Frontiers in Dead Sea Paleoenvironmental Research, Geological Society of America Special Papers, 1-13.

Ben-Avraham Z., Schattner U., Hall J.K., Ben-Gai Y., Neev D., Reshef M. and Lazar M., 2006. Segmentation of the Levant continental margin, eastern Mediterranean. Tectonics, 25, TC5002.

Ginzburg A., Reshef M., Ben-Avraham Z. and Schattner U., 2006. The style of transverse faulting in the Dead Sea basin from seismic reflection data: The Amazyahu fault. Israel Journal of Earth Science, 55/3, 129-139.

Lazar M., Ben-Avraham Z. and Schattner U., 2006. Formation of sequential basin along a strike slip fault - geophysical observations from the Dead Sea basin. Tectonophysics, 421/1-2, 53-69.

Schattner U., Ben-Avraham Z., Lazar M. and Hübscher C., 2006. Tectonic isolation of the Levant basin offshore Galilee-Lebanon - Effects of the Dead Sea fault plate boundary on the Levant continental margin, eastern Mediterranean. Journal of Structural Geology, 28, 2049-2066.

Schattner U., Ben-Avraham Z., Reshef M., Bar-Am G. and Lazar M., 2006. Oligocene-Miocene formation of the Haifa basin: Qishon-Sirhan rifting coeval with the Red Sea-Suez rift system. Tectonophysics, 419/1-4, p. 1-12.


Blumberg D.G., Neta T., Margalit N., Lazar M. and Freilikher V., 2004. Mapping exposed and buried drainage systems using remote sensing in the Negev Desert, Israel. Geomorphology, 61, 239-250.


Baer G., Schattner U., Wach D., Sandwell D., Wdowinski S., Friedman S., 2002.The lowest place on Earth is subsiding - An InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) perspective, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 114/1, 12-23.

Lazar M. and Ben-Avraham Z., 2002. First Images from the Bottom of the Dead Sea - Indications of Recent Tectonic Activity. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences, 51, 211-218.

SeisLab welcomes applications for PhD and MSc studies in the following subjects:

Quantitative interpretation of 2D and 2D seismic data through -

  • Seismic geomorphology
  • Seismic stratigraphy
  • Structural modeling

A degree in geosciences is required. Successful candidates are expected to show broad earth-science interests, steep learning curve, good technical skills, ability to work in a team and should have good communication skills - in English and graphics.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Uri Schattner


Office: 04-6647983

School Fax: 04-8288267

Please send your application files (complete CV, letter of interest and two support letters) by e-mail to Uri Schattner ( Applications are being considered until the position is filled.

SeisLab offeres a concentrated workshop in practical seismic interpretation (in addition to asemesterial course), given by Dr. Uri Schattner.

Workshop: Practical Seismic Data Interpretation - From theory to practice: 2D and 3D computed interpretation

Duration: A concentrated one week course (40 hours)
Audience: Geologists and geophysicists with no experience with interpretation methodologies of seismic reflection data. Limited to 15 participants
Prerequisite: Geology, Geophysics

This workshop provides practical methodologies for seismic reflection data interpretation to unravel subsurface structure and stratigraphy. Subjects span seismic reflection theory, marine and land data acquisition, structure of seismic data, seismic and well data loading to workstation and interpretation. Methodology of seismic data interpretation will cover the following subjects: stratigraphic and structural interpretation approaches to characteristic marine and land systems; stratigraphic sequences; unconformities and their significance through time and space; seismic facies; subsurface appearance of turbidite, slide and contourite systems; faulting systems and their identification; structural inversions; graben development and inversion; seismic attribute analysis in 2D, 3D and time/depth slices; well loading and tying; gridding and fault modeling identification of gas related patterns at shallow and deep subsurface; DHIs flat-spots and bright-spots; hydrate gas identification; sedimentary structure of diverse continental margins, basins along strike-slip faults.
Practice will exercise computed interpretation, mapping and modeling skills in 2D and 3D, using state-of-the-art seismic interpretation packages such as IHS-Kingdom Suite® and Schlumberger's Petrel®.
The workshop took place between August 7-10, 2016


The SeisLab Sponsors

We are indebted to the following sponsors for financially supporting research in the SeisLab:

slbpetrl_logo     Schlumberger - Petrel

smt_logo    Seismic Micro System - Kingdom Suite

opendtect_logo     OpendTect

gedco_logo     Gedko – Vista


ספיד אופן  SpeedoFun Bike shop

August 7-10, 2016 - Practical seismic interpretation workshop


Enjoying the view from the university


Geological field trip

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